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The plot is interesting. It may take while to warm up to Collin, the main character. The author is making a great effort at building characters - he even builds characters who get killed on the the next page lol. Bringing in the concept of the family 'House' and the Thousand Family rule gives the story an interesting slant as well. Not sure about the narrator however. In some of the battles the author puts us in the heads of the Empire's fleet leader and the Rebel fleet leader and it gets a bit confusing - I had to replay that section a couple times to tell which side's Super Dreadnaught was blown up.
The narrator doesn't excel at differentiating characters very well which contributes to the confusion.
Even so, the story is enjoyable and off to a good start.
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The galaxy is tightly controlled by the thousand families, an ultra-wealthy ruling class that only cares for more power and money. The many colonized worlds represent little more than resources and additional wealth and power. If an occupied world becomes more trouble than they're worth, the ruling families will crush it with their overwhelming military might, wiping out all life if necessary.
Commander Colin Walker and a handful of military leaders have had enough, vowing to bring democracy to the galaxy. If they fail, their treason can only be met with execution. On the other hand, if they succeed, the economic system everyone depends on could devolve into chaos, driving trillions into poverty and desperation.
Democracy's Right is a political, sci-fi novel with a military action base. It is exciting and thought provoking with a taste of ancient Rome in its theme. How does a ruling class control its empire from far away with long delays in communication and travel? The heroes are likable and the bad guys are hateful, the listener has no trouble choosing sides.
There is plenty of action to satisfy most military and sci-fi fans and a political economic background to make the struggle feel realistic. The characters are believable with enough human flaws to make them relatable. Definitely worth a listen.
The story is performed by Johnny Heller. His distinctive voice is easy on the ears and creates the proper mood of the novel. The characters are easily discernible and feel appropriate to their personalities. An excellent performance from a talented voice actor.
Democracy’s Right would definitely fit in the space opera category, with book one setting the stage for a much larger universe. The book finishes neatly but will have you looking forward to book two and beyond. A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended for space and military sci-fi fans.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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